Katikati town which services the area has thrived and its population has grown three times faster than the national average since 1950.
Its commercial and industrial sector hosts some of New Zealand’s leading manufacturers as well as a number of small, unique businesses.
Only two hours from Auckland and Hamilton and about 45 minutes from Mount Maunganui and Tauranga which boasts the largest shipping port in New Zealand.
Katikati has always been known as NZ Mural Town and now the town has claimed Avocado Capital of NZ. In 2019 over two thirds of the countries avocado production comes from our region. Avocados grow exceptionally well in Katikati due to the volcanic soils and subtropical climate. In 1968 local man Arthur Honeyfield planted our first avocado trees and we have never looked back since.